Sofia

Time stopped as the lights went out.

I felt as if my lungs would collapse, a blur of shoppers glaring at me as I blindly ran through them. I had to get to her, she was falling. Dreamlike, everything happened too quickly whilst I felt the syrupy drag of desperation to get to Sofia. Her natural smile was fading at the same time her body was crumbling to the pavement, her knees hitting the unforgiving stone, head bouncing at the impact before she finally stopped. The bags filled with presents she had bought for our daughter, handles still clasped in her hands, were on the floor. Lifeless. She had looked so happy.

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Sofia knew she had the perfect life, her friends took great delight in teasing her about it. It didn’t bother her, they were not jealous. Maybe a little. Meeting Joe in high school, she’d never considered that she might meet other boys or know the guilt of having to tell someone she didn’t want them any more, or feel the hurt of being dumped. Being with Joe was natural, they belonged together.  Both were successful in their careers, although she took great delight in reminding him that she passed her bar exam before him and landed a great position as a pupil barrister in Middle Temple. T...

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Craig Worcester
Jul 28 2020

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So sad, but so beautifully written.

Rod Webb
Jul 28 2020